Category Archives: Rental Properties

Renting Losses

Today TaxMama  hears from Alissa in the TaxQuips Forum. She wants to know, “The mortgage on my rental property is $1,500 (including tax, insurance, & a 2nd). But I only charge $1,200/month for rent because that is the going rate in the neighborhood. Do I still report the $1,200 as rental income even though it […]

Small Business Jobs Act of 2010

New Jobs Act brings tax benefits (9-23-2010) On  September 23, the House passed the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (H.R. 5297). It is expected to be signed by the President. Among its provisions:

Avoid Bad Tenants

Today TaxMama hears from Jack in the TaxQuips Forum, who had a really bad experience.  “I have a rental property and rented to a woman for a total of 2 months. First, she gave me two bad checks (1st month rent and deposit) and moved in. I found out 2 wks later the checks were bad. […]

Real Estate Dealer

Today TaxMama hears from David in the TaxQuips Forum, who defines a dealer in real estate as someone who sells a single property for profit, as long as  the intent to act as a dealer to real estate is present.”

Gain on Real Estate

Today TaxMama hears from Toni in the TaxQuips Forum, who tells us.  “I’m doing my own partnership taxes and am confused about entering information. In 2009, I bought, fixed up and sold 2 properties. [and Toni adds lots of details. ] I’m confused because I’ve added the gain twice from Form 4797.  What am I […]

Kids with No Credit

Today TaxMama hears from Taylor in the TaxQuips Forum, with a common dilemma.  “My clients just moved back from Australia. They don’t have any credit established in USA.  I recommended that Mom purchase the home with the mortgage loan will be in her name only.  She can add the kids to the title.  The kids […]

Just one Room

Today TaxMama hears from Charles in the TaxQuips Forum. He tells us “I am going to rent my second home to some people starting in June.  It will have some furnishings that we will allow them to use.  Our personal property that we don’t want them to use will be in a locked bedroom, maybe […]

Renting Out Rooms

Today TaxMama hears from Bloomers in the TaxQuips Forum. She is renting out the rooms in her 5-bedroom house. Bloomers asks.  “What are the laws for renting out rooms?  If the amount I am making in rent every month, on average, does not amount to the total cost of the mortgage and house expenses, is […]

4 Unit Apartment

Today TaxMama hears from Tom in the TaxQuips Forum who wants to know.  “Does anyone know if there are any tax breaks if the owner lives in one of the units of a 4-unit apartment building? The owner moved into the unit after 5 years of owning the building.”

IRA on Rental Income

Today TaxMama hears from Bill in the TaxQuips Forum with a common misconception. “I have a W-2 through my employer and contribute to their 401k plan. I also have $30,000 net rental income from Schedule E as a sole proprietorship. Can I contribute to a SEP or any other type of retirement plan to shelter […]